A twist on the past: colonial-era home designs

A twist on the past: colonial-era home designs
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These stunning homes are inspired by Victorian-style and early-Federation designs

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Harkaway Homes reproduces the very best heritage-profiled verandah housing. Authentic looks, heights and profiles are the specialty of Harkaway Homes, which was established in 1986.

Harkaway Homes markets itself in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and southern Queensland. Its designs have attracted the attention of the building industry and it has won the Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing Award for four years running.

There are eight ranges of homes to choose from for those looking for something traditional. All of Harkaway’s designs employ the traditional features of homes from times gone by, but using today’s technologies. On offer are many ranges of homes featuring the premier variations of authentic Victorian- and Federation-period rooflines.

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One of the main attractions of a traditional-style house is the high ceilings, as they present a sense of space. Ceiling heights in Harkaway designs are commonly 2.7m, but there is a 3m option. Both heights will comfortably accommodate ornate cornices and ceiling rosettes.

Sufficient height is critical when reproducing old-world homes, and Harkaway Homes’ exclusive high-wall system gives the residence greater wall height without the impracticalities of overly high ceiling levels.

One of the many attributes of the early Australian home and probably the most important is the verandah. Harkaway’s exclusive high-wall system allows verandahs to position comfortably on the home, creating correct falls and profiles, and providing instant character, while not depriving the home of important light. Harkaway offers both bullnosed and straight verandahs, either 1.8m or 2.4m wide.

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Victorian Traditional Series

Featured is the Trentham from a range of six different sizes and floorplans.

Size: 293m2, 30.5 squares.
Accommodation: Four bedrooms with built-in robes, living room, family room, dining room, two bathrooms and kitchen with walk-in pantry and laundry.
Construction time: 16 weeks — mainly built on a project-managed basis.
Construction: Choice of weatherboard or brick.
Included in price: Fully stabilised, prefabricated, termite-resistant, kiln-dried wall frames and roof trusses, full-frame erection, choice of brick or weatherboard, Colorbond roofing, Victorian ash windows, Victorian hardware and fixings.
Price: $136,882.
Not included in price: Internal linings, plumbing, electrical, kitchen and floor.
Optional extras: Verandah (four types as package), 3m-high ceilings, plus assorted leadlights.
Other traditional finishing touches include Victorian eave brackets above verandah lines and beyond. Solid timber gable vents are both pleasing and practical. Timber finials (spires atop gables) with leadlight windows and front-entry surrounds complete the home’s traditional appearance.
Construction packages are sold in two stages: stage one (to lock-up) and stage two (the verandah — optional). There are three ways to have a Harkaway home built: do it yourself, project management or erected by a builder. Put simply, these are architect-quality

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Victorian Homestead Series

Featured is the Bowral from Harkaway Homes’ newest range, the Victorian Homestead Series.
Size: 298m2, 32 squares.
Accommodation: Four bedrooms with built-in robes, study, living room, rumpus room, meals/family room, two bathrooms, walk-in linen press, kitchen with walk-in pantry and laundry.
Construction time: 16 weeks — mainly built on a project-managed basis.
Construction: Choice of weatherboard or brick.
Special features: The Victorian Homestead captures every element of the very best of yesteryear. Some of the many features included are tall external walls, high ceilings, leadlight-topped box bay windows and French doors.

Included in price: Fully stabilised, prefabricated, termite-resistant, kiln-dried wall frames and roof trusses, full-frame erection, choice of brick or weatherboard, Colorbond roofing, Victorian ash windows, Victorian hardware and fixings.
Price: $154,781.
Not included in price: Internal linings, plumbing, electrical, kitchen and floor.
Optional extras: Verandah, 3m-high ceilings, feature entry door frame.

For more information

Harkaway Homes

Websitewww.harkawayhomes.com.au

Phone: 1800 806 416

 

Originally in Best Homes, volume 3

Publish at: , last modify at: 21/02/2018

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